Heupel impressed with Neyland atmosphere in Ole Miss loss


KNOXVILLE, Tennessee (WATE) – The Monday following Tennessee’s loss to Ole Miss on Saturday, coach Josh Heupel spoke about injuries, refereeing and more, but not much of the incident involving fans throwing garbage on Shield-Watkins Field in final moments of the fourth quarter that cost the university $ 250,000.

During the press conference, Heupel was asked what the rookies would take away from the game and its atmosphere, as well as the unfortunate delay caused by fans throwing debris on the pitch.

“They’re going to take the 59 minutes away. The slight delay and then seeing our student body scurrying around to fill the lower section of the section, the rest of our crowd bloating for the last minute of play, is takeout. I know for some people the story is what happened. Our administration has made it clear that this is not the position and what we expect from Volunteer Spirit, and I feel the same, ”he said.

“I have been in many competitive arenas as a player and coach. There is nothing better I have ever been in than what happened on Saturday night.

He opened the press conference by saying that his players fought extremely hard, every second until the final whistle; but followed by things the team needs to work on.

“I have to play smarter to end up on the good side, I didn’t. These are things that we have a lot of control over. Offensively a few simple communication things; defensively had to leave the field on the third try, ”he said.

He mentioned that quarterback Hendon Hooker, running back Tiyon Evans and offensive lineman Cade Mays are all considered hand to mouth with their injuries since Oct. 18. Heupel said he doesn’t believe Hooker’s injury will be long term.

When asked if he disagrees with the controversial refereeing of the Ole Miss game, he replied, “You make these things on Sunday.”

Volunteers from Tennessee will travel to Tuscaloosa to face SEC Rival Alabama on the third Saturday in October (October 23) at 7:00 p.m. ET.

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